What to drink on Christmas Day - some great recommendations

Article date: 30 November 2010

Red wine with turkey

Waitrose In Partnership 2008/09 St Hallett Reserve Shiraz

  • £6.40 online until 7 December (Waitrose)
  • “brimful of sweet, ripe (but not over-jammy) fruit” – Fiona Beckett (The Guardian)

Ladoix Rouge Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils, Burgundy 2007

  • £14.99 (Majestic)
  • “A really well-made, sumptuous modern Burgundy from Ladoix in the Côtes de Beaune.” – David Williams (The Observer)

Campillo Rioja Gran Reserva 1995, Spain

  • £20 (Majestic)
  • “richly layered Spanish red with stacks of personality, ranging from fruity fun to savoury depth. It’s a serious wine, with backbone and class.” – Olly Smith (The Daily Mail)

Schubert Syrah Wairarapa, Martinborough, New Zealand 2006

  • £29.99 (Waitrose)
  • “New Zealand’s syrah is fast earning a reputation to match its pinot noirs. Schubert’s is one of the best, with coffee, redcurrants and black pepper held together by nippy tannins and refreshing acidity.” – David Williams (The Observer)

With red meat

Crozes-Hermitage Yann Chave 2008 France

  • £13.99 (Majestic)
  • “my goodness, this is good. Proper, structured, animal red wine.” – Victoria Moore (The Daily Telegraph)

D’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original Grenache/Shiraz 2007

  • £14.49 (Oddbins)
  • “rich, powerful and smooth… this classic Australian blend continues to be one of the best Aussie reds on the market.” – David Williams (The Observer)

White wine with Turkey

Wither Hills Pinot Gris, Marlborough, New Zealand 2009

  • £6.99 until 7 December (Waitrose)
  • “Forcefully aromatic, with a spicy orange and floral character and a moreish, zesty palate, I’d be happy recommending this wine at its full price, but at £6.99 it’s something of a steal.” – David Williams (The Observer)

Pinot Gris Reserve Cave de Beblenheim Alsace 2008 France

  • £8.99 (Waitrose)
  • “Off-dry pinot gris like this is brilliant with turkey and its cacophony of fruity accoutrements.” – Victoria Moore (The Daily Telegraph)

Karl H Johner Reserve Pinot Gris 2008

  • £24.99 (Waitrose)
  • “If you’re serving your turkey with lashings of rich, fruity stuffing, or even some aromatic spices, then… the wine is a masterpiece of orangey, tangy flavour, crystal-pure thrust, with oodles of texture and a driving, powerful dry finish.” – Olly Smith (The Daily Mail)

Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille 2006 France

  • £42 (Marks and Spencer)
  • “Beautifully put together, complex, top-notch chardonnay” – Victoria Moore (The Daily Telegraph)

White wine with ABT

Louis Latour Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2008 France

  • £8.99 (Majestic)
  • “at less than a tenner this chardonnay from a less-glamorous region provides better value” – Victoria Moore (The Daily Telegraph)

3 Amigos White, McHenry Hohnen, Margaret River, Western Australia

  • £12.99 (Oddbins)
  • “this is a white Rhône-alike of considerable depth and class” – David Williams (The Observer)

Domaine Pfister Riesling Grand Cru Engelberg, Alsace, France 2005

  • £22.99 (Tesco)
  • “it’s delicious now, too, with a subtle rose petal and caraway seed nose and a thrillingly long, clean palate.” – David Williams (The Observer)

Christmas Day fizz

Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvée Cava Brut NV

  • £14.99 (Waitrose)
  • “a lovely nutty depth to it. It’s got creaminess, tang, vim and verve – everything you want in your glass of Christmas fizz.” – Olly Smith (The Daily Mail)

Waitrose Brut Champagne NV France

  • £15.99 until 7 December (Waitrose)
  • “Extremely good supermarket own-label made by P&C Heidsieck. Classy stuff.” – Victoria Moore (The Daily Telegraph)

Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV

  • £16.99 (Sainsbury’s)
  • “a bright, crisp, lemony verve and a shrill sense of pristine refreshment. All I can say is, wow!” – Olly Smith (The Daily Mail)

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV

  • £24.99 until 4 January (Waitrose)
  • ”...hints of buttered toast and marmalade. Better crack it open after breakfast on Christmas Day, then.” – Susy Atkins (The Daily Telegraph)


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